The thousand-year period known as the Middle Ages was a time of great diversity in art and architecture, music, literature and philosophy. It was the time of Chaucer and Hildegard of Bingen, glistening stained glass and illuminated manuscripts, soaring Gothic cathedrals and complex musical harmonies. Equally this period saw the emergence of Islam, the establishment of universities, and the growth of the Church, events which help to inform our understanding of issues confronting the world today. From the end of the Roman Empire and to the Black Death and The Hundred Years War, this lucid chronological history of the period integrates political, social and cultural developments to provide a narrative of the events and people of the time. By interweaving primary sources into the narrative, the author brings medieval history to life through the voices of contemporary men and women.